Photos tagged 'Rotoehu'
Rotoehu means “turbid” or discoloured waters. In former times, Lake Rotoehu was heavily populated with many pa sites located around its shores. The lake is very shallow and hides an island underneath its waters.
The historical meaning of Rotoehu, “turbid or murky” water, implies that the lake may never have been clear. The water quality remained fairly stable until 1993 when the level of nutrients and algae rose dramatically. This was attributed to a drop in the water level and a warm summer. It is a shallow lake with geothermal inputs, and nutrient levels remain high.